Northern Ireland chair's blog: June 2018
16 July, 2018
The College’s International Congress which was held in Birmingham from 24-27 June 2018 entitled “Psychiatry – New Horizons” will, I think, be judged as a success.
It attracted a large number of delegates, the venue was excellent and the presentations were wide-ranging, varied and eclectic.
There were several poster presentations by Trainees from Northern Ireland, which was good to see. There was also plenty of opportunity to discuss controversial topics, with a particularly energetic and thoughtful intervention from Dr Philip McGarry on the controversial issue of the UK Government’s ‘Prevent’ strategy!
Baroness Hale, in the keynote address on mental health legislation, seemed to be very much emphasising the centrality of capacity in any reform and there was plenty of interest in the Mental Capacity Act (NI) 2016 during a session on mental health legislation across the jurisdictions.
We also had a useful ‘4 nations’ meeting. With health and social care fully devolved here, it is clear that the College presence in the devolved nations needs to have the resources and autonomy to shape the agenda and respond to issues that are most important to them, whilst at the same time continuing to benefit from the strength, unity and resources of a UK wide College; it’s all about balance.
Next year’s International Congress is once again back in London - who knows, maybe sometime soon in Belfast??